There are many common myths about addiction and dependence regarding substance abuse disorders (SUDs). It’s important to debunk these myths so people do not have false impressions of what real-life addiction can look like. Another problem with myths about addiction is that they promote falsehoods that may lead people to believe drugs or alcohol are not as dangerous as they have been led to believe.
For more information about the reality of addiction and signs and symptoms to be on the lookout for, reach out to the professionals at Fresh Start Recovery Center. Our team provides the latest information about recovery in our addiction treatment programs. Contact us online or at 833.625.0398 for facts about substance use disorder and how our team can help disprove common myths about addiction.
The First Time You Try A Drug, You Will Become Addicted
One of the most common myths about addiction insists that the first time a person uses certain “hard” drugs, they will instantly become addicted. This is extremely dangerous because if a person does experiment with the drug, they are likely to discover you can, in fact, get away with trying drugs without forming an addiction. This is not to suggest experimentation is in any way safe or a good idea.
The reality is that adolescents often experiment with drugs and alcohol. Educating adolescents and young adults with the facts about drug abuse, dependence, and addiction can help avoid misunderstandings.
Adults need to remember that people typically become more risk-averse with age. Attempts to tell a young person that drugs are bad, unsafe, and will lead to extremely negative consequences are likely to get brushed off as scaremongering and met with eye rolls. This can be partly avoided by telling adolescents and young adults the truth about experimentation and the potential for negative consequences. The introduction of fentanyl has made drug use and experimentation increasingly dangerous.
Fentanyl and other highly potent synthetic drugs are being cut with other drugs such as:
- Pills made to look like conventional pharmaceuticals
This poses a real danger to those unaware of the substances they may be exposing themselves to and the potential for overdose.
Addiction Is Your Fault
People love to blame the victim. A person is not at fault for having developed an addiction. Addiction can easily creep up on someone experimenting with drugs and occasional use. They wake up one day and realize that they have developed a tolerance and experience withdrawal symptoms if they do not continue use and increase the dose. This fuels the cycle of abuse and creates more and more problems in a person’s life until they are able to get the help they deserve.
Relapsing Means Failure
Recovery is always talked about as a journey. No one likes to admit that relapse is all too common. This is an unpleasant reality. Small relapses are still relapses. They fill a person with embarrassment and shame. Worse, the people who care about the person in recovery often double down by expressing disappointment either with words or body language.
It’s important to continue supporting someone who is struggling in their recovery. Too often, people are there for someone when they go to a treatment center and then abandon that person if they have relapsed because they lose hope in the person when that person is at their most vulnerable and in need.
Dispel Myths About Addiction with Treatment at Fresh Start Recovery Center
Drug dependency and substance abuse disorders (SUDs) are serious problems that often require professional help. No one should feel embarrassed or ashamed to ask for help to get their life back on the right track. It’s brave to admit you have a problem. Admitting that you have developed a dependence or addiction is a sign of strength and conviction.
Our medical doctors and mental health counselors at Fresh Start Recovery Center are ready to help you develop a personal treatment plan based on your particular life circumstances. We never judge anyone for their choices or situation because our goal is to help you find lasting recovery. Reach out to us today by calling 833.625.0398 or filling out our online form.